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The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
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Feb 07, 2012

it was amazing

When Penn Cage agrees to meet a childhood friend, Tim Jessup, in the local cemetery after dark, he suspects that Tim might be bringing him news that he does not wish to hear. A lawyer in another life, Penn is now the mayor of his home town Natchez. In a bid for fresh money and new jobs for the flood ravaged Mississippi town he approved the establishment of a number of steamboat casinos on the river.
For some time there’s been whispered rumours of illegal goings on ,in particular on the Magnolia Queen one of the floating casinos and Tim provides Penn with proof in the form of grainy photographs. Shortly after their meeting Tim is brutally murdered. Penn Cage begins an investigation to find those responsible. He exposes a hidden ,depraved world of blood sports ,prostitution murder and high stake gamblers. He takes the reader with him on a journey of horror and suspense as he uncovers the rot that has set in in his beloved home town. Penn discovers that his only allies are his family and an ex lover.
Greg Iles is a master of suspense and there is a lot of story to cover but the suspense does not let up – this is white knuckle stuff.
Highly recommended.
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